Things in Your Kitchen You Should Be Cleaning, But You’re Not

White_kitchen_with_cabinet_doors_and_drawers_opened_or_removed_so_that_real-life_stuff_can_be_seen_in_cabinetsIf you walk into a restaurant and get a glimpse of a not-so-clean kitchen, chances are you won’t think twice about walking out and going back home or elsewhere. That’s because it’s the last thing you want to think about when considering what will enter your digestive system.

Just like our bedrooms, the kitchen is one of the areas of our homes we spend the most time in—which means it’s prone to get dirty at a faster rate than other sections of the house. Considering the different bacteria that can grow from different groceries, it would be wise to clean things you wouldn’t regularly pay attention to. Here are some of them:

Kitchen Cabinets

Seeing as how you store a bulk of essentials, from dishes to canned foods and some spice jars/condiments in your kitchen cabinets, they shouldn’t be neglected. Try to clean them at least once every month or two, using soap and water, along with a sponge and washcloth.

Another part of the cabinets most of us overlook is the area that stands between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. A great deal of dust can build up there along with other impurities you may not even know existed! To go about cleaning the top of your cabinets:

  • Clear out food on the countertops and the surrounding areas below the cabinets to avoid contamination from dust and other filth while cleaning them.
  • Using a step stool and a duster, get to the hard-to-reach sections of the cabinet tops and wipe off any dust or dirt.
  • Spray an all-purpose cleaner on a washcloth or paper towel to clean the surface.
  • Once you’re done, you can place a long sheet of tin foil, plastic wrap, or wax paper on top of the cabinets. It’ll collect the dust and debris to make it easier to clean the cabinet tops again.

Garbage Disposal

As you’re doing your health and kitchen a favor by throwing items into the garbage disposal, don’t forget that even disposals need a quick clean from time to time—after all, it is the section of your sink that’s carrying a bulk of the waste. Whether you use it to dispose of eggs or veggies, you should still disinfect the area. Try to clean it once every two weeks by running it with orange or lemon peels, and that should do the trick.

Refrigerator Partitions

It may be an obvious fact, but even though the fridge is probably one of the kitchen areas that are most prone to getting contaminated, we still tend to forget about regularly cleaning its compartments. Fresh produce drawers can contain residue caused by decaying lettuce, for example.

Other compartments, such as those that contain meat or dairy products can harbor mildew, yeast, or bacterial growth. These are the fridge areas that contain the most germs.

To properly clean these sections, empty out and detach the removable compartments. Then, clean them in a sterilized kitchen sink (or even a clean tub) with dish detergent or white vinegar and water. If you can’t remove the compartments, just use the same materials to wash them.

Dishwasher

You might think the dishwasher is just inherently clean because of, well, its name to start with, right? That’s not entirely true. Firstly, you should make sure you’re properly loading the dishwasher. It’s recommended you divide your dishes appropriately, placing the plates at the bottom and saving the top area for cups/mugs, larger dishes, and bowls.

Once you properly load your dishes, they have a better chance of getting cleaned. Many people forget to rinse off dirty dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. This can actually cause mildew to form between the creases and contaminate other dishes during another wash. So, be sure to give dishes a quick rinse before inserting them.

Also, to maximize the dishwasher’s cleanliness, run a courtesy wash once a week. In other words, when your dishwasher is completely empty, add dishwasher soap and run an empty load with warm water for sterilization purposes. You may even use baking soda or vinegar.

Kitchen Gear Knobs/Handles

Pretty much everything in your kitchen with a knob or handle should be disinfected frequently. Whether it’s your cabinet handles, refrigerator doorknobs, dishwasher handles, faucets, closet knobs, and yes, your kitchen doorknob, these are the areas of the kitchen that are rated as one of the dirtiest in your entire household.

Infectious pathogens like E. coli can be contained in these sections of your kitchen, making them a germ haven. Using a bucket of water and white vinegar or about a tablespoon of bleach, clean your knobs and handles at least once or twice a week.

Cooking Utensil Crevices  

Whatever you consider to be a cooking utensil, from a whisk to oven pans and stainless steel pots, you may think you have the cleaning down, but how often do you actually wash your can opener or blender gaskets? What about your rubber spatula? And we don’t just mean the rubber parts.

Your blender’s gasket may seem like a small and insignificant spot to clean, but in fact, it shelters a load of mold and harmful bacteria. Can openers also hold a load of germs, but are still often returned to the drawers right after being used. Place these items in the dishwasher or hand-wash them with soap and hot water after each time you use them.

Similarly, the section between the top handle of a rubber spatula and the blade contain a buildup of toxic pathogens like E. coli, so make sure to clean before mixing your scrumptious cake batter. Just take the two sections apart before washing it by hand or in the dishwasher. You can even soak it in warm water for a while, too.

Learn from the Experts

With nearly ten years of experience in the cleaning business, 1st Class Cleaning has been leaving kitchens and homes spotless for quite some time now. Our professionals will get to those hidden dirty areas of your kitchen to make sure it remains germ-free, and that you won’t have to handle the dirty work yourself.

Contact 1st Class Cleaning today to see your kitchen the cleanest it’s ever been and feel the difference.

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